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and that right now we would all be focusing on the instability in syria. >> rose: where do you think it is today in a broad sense terms of its power to dominate 2012? >> the arab spring, charlie. >> rose: yes. >> yeah, we talked about this because you and i were together the night mubarak fell in tahrir square. one of the things i remember about being there th week in egypt is that some day i would love to design a journalism course just aut that week. because i don't remember if we talked about in in cairo, charlie but my rule in that week has been my rule ever since, is that whenever you see elephants fly, shut up and take notes. i felt like in cairo elephants were flying. we were seeing things, when everyone tells me the arab spring is going to be this, going to that be it is going to be wonderful, internal. you didn't see it coming, what makes you think you know where it's going, okay. shut up and take notes. and so that's really my overarching, you know, attitude right now, charlie. what strikes me is several people have pointed this out there was a saying after the russian revolution, demo
within the e you leave london isolated. and syria signed a deal -- signs a deal, but the bloody conflict shows no signs of stopping. kim jong il, the absolute ruler of communist north korea, has died at the age of 69. the official announcement came on monday on state television, two days after the leader apparently died of a heart attack during a train journey. his funeral is scheduled for december 28. his third son, kim young in -- kim jong-un is widely expected to be his successor. there are concerns about his lack of experience in the country's future stability -- in the the country's future stability -- and the the country's future stability. >> it was a portrait of kim jong il hung in every living room. the public displays of grief for widely covered by north korea's state television. >> now that he is gone, it has become clear to us what a great leader we had. >> we have to carry on without him now, but we will still try to make our country as strong as possible. >> the news caught south korea off guard. its intelligence agency learned of kim's death from the north's tv broadcasts.
the beginning. but more importantly, syria, where they are now both on the same side, working with the opposition to overthrow the al-assad regime. though not for the same reasons i don't think. in the case of turkey, i think it's more a personal betrayal of pious side of prime minister aired a gun and the promises he made to aired a gun and didn't the field. the saudi's position is really to eliminate uranian influence in syria and assorted kittie vaden for what happened in iraq, where the american invasion created a shiite dominated government tilting towards iran, from which was a major loss in the saudi constellation and thinking about the arab world. so coming here they are in the same i fighting to overthrow the hussein government. and man, in september, turkey decides that it is going to host a nato early warning antimissile system aimed mostly against uranian. ms publicly puts turkey on the saudi arab sunni side of the saudi iranian conflict. i think that's a major turning point in the whole relationship because that is where turkey commit itself militarily to be in on
of the digital avenlgt what was the biggest? the protesters massing in kyra, syria, russia? richard engel was in kyra -- cairo. >> when they thought that the cell phone messages weren't safe, they would switch to twitter. then when the twitter messages they thought were being compromised, they would switch to facebook the chris: great reporting there. or was it apple become the -- becoming the world's biggest company? and the sfeeve jobs story in or more and more people paying to get newspapers online rather than in their driveways? or was it emple mail -- email taking over the post office? rick? >> last month, chris, i went to egypt and tunisia and to this tiny little town outside tunis where a man set himself on fire. this place is in the back of the back of beyond. you don't think anything could start there, much less a world historical movement. you know how it happened? somebody took a cell phone video of the protest after he i am 0 lated himself and -- imolated himself and that was sent all through the middle east. an amazing phenomenon. chris: social networking? >> social network s
they do tests, we have been surprised by the facility in syria. >> use the facility that the north koreans built in syria. the u.s. didn't have a clue until they dropped photographs. >> you reported that the u.s. officials have have been war gaming this scenario for years. what would happen when he died and what would the transition be? they are putting it into action. what does it mean? >> almost every scenario from north korea collapse that people think of that seems credible start with kim jung il's death. some play out over nears and some over a shored e shorter period. we don't know how long this is going to take. until two years ago, what did the cia know about kim jong un? one picture. that's it. >> you brought it up. >> that is a big concern for china. it's what does real china in and it's one of the leverage points we have. the last thing they want is this flood of starving people. the contrast between north and south in 2006 with bill richardson down to south korea, i have been there and i have flown. i have never done the drive. the contrast with the primitive society. people us
to revise some of its basic precepts of its policy in the middle east, particularly with respect to syria, for example, where it's gone from a policy of close cooperation with the syrian government to a much more challenging stance. and here in washington the question of whether or not the turkish nod el is -- model is applicable to the arab states as some of them at least attempt political transitions has become much discussed. often discussed in rather superficial ways, i think, but fortunately, it's also possible to go into the subject in a much deeper and profound way. that's what's been done in this paper which you have before you from i said separation to aspiration. he is chairman of the center for economics and foreign policy studies in istanbul, and he's also a visiting scholar with carnegie based in brussels and also comes to washington regularly, so it's a pleasure to welcome him here today to talk about that. we also have two beginned commentators. -- distinguished commentators. vice president for carnegie. of course, deputy prime minister of jordan and foreign minister of jor
to accept arab observers, part of an effort to stop mounting bloodshed. officials from syria and the arab league took part in a ceremony today in cairo, egypt. it lets observers in for one month, with the option of extending that stay. in damascus, the syrian foreign minister insisted the regime is serious and not just stalling for time. >> we would not have signed the protocol unless our amendments on it had been adopted no matter what the circumstances were. but after applying those amendments and since we are seeking a political solution to this crisis as soon as possible, along with their partnership, i can now say that the signing of the protocol is the beginning of cooperation between us and the arab league. >> sreenivasan: the announcement came on a day when activists said up to 70 soldiers were gunned down by government troops as they tried to desert near the turkish border. at least 30 other people died in attacks elsewhere. it continued a wave of street violence that churned over the weekend. protest leaders said at least 21 people were killed on sunday as troops and rebels foug
, of course. as recently as 2007 there was a north korean nuclear plant in syria that was taken out. i mean, so he was profoundly important around the world. he played that nuclear card. i actually met him when i traveled there in 2000. that was a period where he had reached out to japan to south korea then in october of 2000, just before the end of the clinton years, there was that summit in pyongyang and the extraordinary meetings, and now the deputy secretary state found him to be more credible than they expected. they were expecting this bizarre figure in high heels with a poofed up hair. he's very short, i should tell you, having gone through the receiving line with him when we were all greeted at the guest house there. >> right. >> but he actually had serious meetings with them. the interesting thing is, that there are two american diplomats in beijing today. they were to meet with their north korean counterparts. this was the first step of something that was to be announced as early as today or later this week. it was supposed to be the food aid to north korea and the possibility of
the nukes. >> you remember they were providing nuclear material to syria a few years ago and the idz raillies got wind of that and went ahead and bombed that nuclear facility in syria. that was material that was being provided to the syrians by north korea. the north koreans earlier had a relationship with a cue kahn, the father of the pal stannian nuclear bomb if you will. they worked with libya nor gadhafi. chris is right, they want to make money, one of the ways to do that is to sell their military or nuclear capability. this they need it, this is a country thated money they have the military. facing nearly a million south korean troops south of the dmz and about 28,000 or 30,000 american drops with the south koreans just in between, if you will. it's a very, very dangerous point, bill richardson always says it ace a tinder box and presumably right now one miscalculation, brooke, by the south koreans or the u.s. doing something which the north koreans would regard as provocative, endangering them, would trigger the north koreans to do something. and before you know it, it could ge
'm worried about a transition in syria. i'm worried about continuing transitions in egypt. yes. >> and this really underscores what -- this underscores what dempsey and other military officials are worried about. instability in north korea and in particular not at all sure that son really will be the long-term leader of the north korean regime right now. who the other plays are, one key intelligence indicator, of the lack of information that u.s. has, officials confirming, u.s. military officials confirming that kim jong il died saturday night and they did not know it until nearly 24 hours later when north korean television announced it. a real indicator of the lack of intelligence, the lack of information that the u.s. government and u.s. intelligence community has about this very remote country, wolf. >> we know the south korean military, barbara, has gone on a higher state alert. what about the u.s. military, whether ground forces in south korea or navy at sea, air force, what is the latest on that? >> right. well, when dempsey was woken up overnight web join an inner agenc
square. at least three people were killed today, pushing the death toll over four days to 14. syria today signed an arab league initiative that will allow observers in the country as part of an effort to end president bashar assad's violent nine-month crackdown on prodemocracy protests there. they say by signing the document, the regime stands to gain more time to possibly avert wider international involve in the the crisis. authorities in the philippines organized the first mass burial after 950 people died over the weekend in flooding spawned from a tropical storm. philippine red cross estimates another 800 people are still missing. nearly 150,000 people are said to be affected by the disaste disaster. he was a dissident play write, the czech president and voice for eastern european freedom. chief washington correspondent james rosen remembers vaclav havel. >> when "the velvet revolution" peacefully evicted the soviet union from reality ry czechoslovakia. only one man could lead the new free state. vaclav havel who spent years in communist jails, it was reversal of fortune to rival that
and syria. his body will be placed inside a memorial until his funeral next week. meanwhile, the entire world is watching wondering who will be his successor. the north korean government immediately called on its 24 million citizens to rally behind his son, kim jong un calling hip the great successor. surprisingly, we don't know a lot about the son, kim jong un. he's either 27 or 28 years old. he spent time studying at an english school and avoided cameras most of his life. before this photo was released in 2010, kim jong un hadn't been seen in public since the age of 11. right now, great palkot has more on the north korean leader's life. >> this is how the world will remember the north korean leader kim jong il. rare glimpses thanks to closely choreographed media events. his rule was for the most part off-limits to the outside world along with his birth. he was born in eastern russia while his father was stationed there with the red army. but north korean lore insists he was born at the base of an important peak in what was at the time japanese occupied korea. kim's father would becom
look out and see hussein gone, syria and iran under siege and the compelling lesson is that these are things central to their long-term survival, which is really their primary and exclusive focus. >> is their bargaining chip. you have a military background as well. p.j., is it likely that the military will have even more power under this regime? what do we know about this young man. >> i think there's been an evolution. now to kim jong eun, it's a collective leadership. it's not just about one guy. so the military does have a prominent role to play as do the elites that will surround kim jong-il. this transition will take months if not years and we'll see once they reemerge whether they're in the same place that they were last week or whether they're now in a much more conservative place. >> david, you're the nuclear expert, they've had tests that have fizzled. what is the level of sophisticate or their nuclear program? >> it's hard to figure out but i wouldn't surprised if they put a warhead on a missile and launched i. their program has moved forward. there's no do
korea was accused of building a plutonium reactionor in syria, until that was allegedly destroyed by the israelis. many are very concerned that north korea could at some point decide to try to give some of its technology or sell some of its technology to iran to help iran overcome its problems. i'm told a lot of nations have invested time and money in slowing down iran's program. that has been made clear to the north koreans that is a red line. that any help given to iran is a no go and a nonstarter. just about six weeks ago, some of the senior military officials in the region said that when they were talking to the north koreans, the north koreans made it clear they thought one of the reasons that moammar gadhafi was able to be ousted in libya was because he gave up his wmd program. and they say if that's the way the north koreans are thinking, it makes it hard to trust the negotiations to get them to curtail their own program. >> chris lawrence, live at the pentagon. thanks. cnn learned today that kim jong-il's death came just as the united states was set to announce a donation
the arab spring. syria, fundamentally, has lost control of its population thanks to camera phones and a population with access to youtube. so fundamentally, it is the human impact. and because we now live in this new society, as it were, there is hope, as we're hearing. >> and right, what's missing from that, then it goes to what you talk about on a conservative narrative, goes to what you talk about from an economic narrative, and goes to what you talk about from a social narrative. you must take responsibility for your own life, whatever that life might be. and that's one of those thing that's sort of -- and i don't mean that in the right wing or left wing sense of -- i'm just saying that we exist and get to make decisions and those decisions impact things. the panel stays. after this, the winter of our discontent as governments around the globe continue to boil over, our specialist joins the conversation after this. [ male announcer ] tom's discovering that living healthy can be fun. see? he's taking his vitamins. new one a day vitacraves plus omega-3 dha is a complete multivit
, in 2007, it was discovered that the north koreaens had sold nuclear weapon technology to syria and syria had been building a facility and the israelis blew that one up. so when he talked about the axis of evil, there was a connection to these types of rogue regimes that have access to the technology that would threaten freedom everywhere. the south koreans and the chinese in particular today are probably very concerned and need to mobilize their plans because the waves of immigrants coming across the border could create a humanitarian situation of the life of which we haven't seen in asia for a long time and it's winter so food shortages. kim jong il used food as a weapon against his people, would starve people to death. >> absolutely. >> not a nice man. >> no. >> the other issue is -- is when we see these people crying in the streets, you know, your heart goes out to them because you have to imagine that they don't really know what's going on in the rest of the world. i guess my hope is that the younger generation have some inkling but wouldn't you think from being inside the white hous
that the mind numbing monotony and increasing work loads put strains on family. >>> syria's computer foreign minister signed a deal with the arab league and aimed at ending a nine-month crackdown on demonstrating protests. >>> in egypt a fourth straight day of deadly protests. three people were killed today after egyptian soldiers opened fire during a raid. that brings the overall death toll from recent protests to at least 14. the demonstrators are demanding an end to military rule. >>> some of the outrage is fueled by a viral video showing a young woman beaten by police this weekend. her religious robe being pulled off exposing her in public. that's a big deal and against i islamic law. one soldier did try to cover her up to protect her modesty. >>> people are gathering to remember heubel. he died yesterday at the age of 75. he was a hero to his country for leading the peaceful revolution toppling the regime in 1985. >>> the first 11 months of this year were found to be the safest ever to air travel. christmas eve is my deadline, by the way. 7 minutes past the bottom of the hour. time for
korea. i'm worried about a potential transition in syria. i'm worrying about the continuing transitions in egypt. yes. >> reporter: general dempsey making very clear he is worried about the transition in north korea. the u.s. military has seen no evidence just yet of any movement of north korean troops or north korean weapons. so one indicator of how little the u.s. really knows about what's going on inside north korea. later today these u.s. officials here acknowledge that they believe the north korean leader died on saturday but they only found out about it last night when it appeared on north korean television. >> barbara, we know that today north korea fired a short-range missile over the east sea and south koreans now going on a higher state of alert. does that trouble the u.s. military? do they believe that this could lead to an escalation here between these two countries? >> reporter: well now, as for those two short-range missile tests, they're saying those were expected. the north koreans were notified those were likely to take place. they don't believe it is related to any of
's been on display towards israel. you combine that with the kerks that teheran has with damascus in syria and support for hamas and hetz bow la. and i say we've got you on a very lethal combination of elements that are playing out here. so as for me, i say the leadership in iran has already decided to go nuclear. i say they've looked at the world, they've looked at north korea and they said they're a nuclear power, maybe a handful of crude devices. they're really out of reach for most people. and they look at libya, which had a program they gave up in exchange for international friendships and alliances. look what happened there. and i think in teheran they're saying, we want the -- we want the leverage and the stature that being a nuclear power will bring. so we have to ask ourselves a central question -- can you live with a nuclear iran. if the answer is question yes, i think you'll have to look at the dramatic proliferation implications, including saudi arabia going nuclear. turkey, likely going nuclear. egypt, although we don't know what the leadership structure is going to look like
that with the connection that tehran has with damascus in syria and support for hamas and hezbollah, and i say that we have a very lethal combination of elements that are playing out here. as for me, i say the leadership in iran has already decided to go nuclear. a think they have looked at the world. they have looked at north korea. they have said they are a nuclear power. they are really out of reach for most people. and they look at libya, which had a program that they gave up in exchange for international friendships and alliances. look at what happened there. i think tehran as saying we want the leverage and the stature that be a nuclear power will bring. so we have to ask ourselves a simple question. can you live with a nuclear iran? if the answer is yes, then you have to live with the dramatic proliferation implications, including saudi arabia, turkey, egypt, although we do not know what the leadership structure will look like there anytime soon, but it does look like the strong backbone of the egyptian military will go nuclear. at that point, you have lost control. that is an unsustainable position
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